Abstract Algebra Spring 2012

Math 4440 Abstract Algebra Spring 2012
Section 001, Meeting in D235, TR, 5:30-7:15

Sarah Holliday Office: D230
Phone: 678-915-3421 E-mail: shollida@spsu.edu


Office Hours:
MWF 11-11:50, MW 1-1:50, and by appointment.


Text:
First Course in Abstract Algebra, 7th ed., Fraleigh. (ISBN: 9780201763904)


Prerequisites:
MATH 3310 and MATH 3312.


Technology:
You may NOT share calculators during quizzes or exams. The use of cell phones, pagers, text or other messaging devices is not allowed during class.


Course objectives:
AA first course in abstract algebra. Topics include operations, the concept of homomorphism, and a standard approach to groups, rings, and fields.
Upon completing this course students should be able to:
1. Classify groups, rings, integral domains, and fields.
2. Apply Lagrange's Theorem to analyze the structure of groups.
3. Relate normal subgroups, homomorphisms, and factor groups.


Homework, Quizzes and Examinations:
Homework will be assigned daily, but will not be collected without advance warning. Questions on homework problems can be answered in Office Hours and/or in class. Quizzes will occur frequently, and occasionally without warning. Quiz questions will typically come from homework problems. There will be three in-class examinations, and a final


Grading Policy:
In-class examinations will be valued at 150 points each, and 15 homework sets are valued at 30 points each, and the final will be valued at 150 points.
A 900 or greater average will be awarded A
An 800 or greater average will be awarded B
A 700 or greater average will be awarded C
A 600 or greater average will be awarded D


Honesty:
Be sure you read the relevant section and know and understand the potential penalties in the University Academic Regulations in the current undergraduate catalog or on the campus web site. If you are caught cheating, you will receive a grade of zero for that assignment, and you may be asked to leave the class.
SPSU has an Honor Code and a new procedure relating to when academic misconduct is alleged. All students should be aware of them. Information about the Honor Code and the misconduct procedure may be found at http://spsu.edu/honorcode/


Absence:
If I am contacted with an acceptable excuse before the date of the quiz or exam, then a makeup can be arranged. An acceptable excuse is in writing, contains the student's name, the date of the absence, a signature from a faculty member sponsoring the trip, contact information for the faculty member, and a brief mention of the nature of the trip.


Special needs:
I will attempt to accommodate all students with special needs to the best of my ability, but it is the responsibility of the student to make their needs known to me. Students with disabilities who believe they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the counselor working with disabilities at 678-915-7244 as soon as possible to better assure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.


Dates:
First day of class = Monday, January 9, 2012.
Holiday = Monday, January 16, 2012.
First In class exam = February 8 or 9, 2012.
Last day to withdraw = Tuesday February 28, 2012.
Second In class exam = March 21 or 22, 2012
Third In class exam = April 25 or 26, 2012.
Last day of classes = Monday April 30, 2012.
Final Exam = TBA


Assistance:
For help with your homework, or questions about the lectures, you have a lot of options. I will take a limited number of questions during class, as time permits. I am available in my office for help during my posted office hours, and any unscheduled time my door is open. For additional help, there are campus-wide resources I will announce as soon as I have the details.


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